Emory Peak

Marathon, Texas 79842

Emory Peak

Emory Peak Professional Review and Guide

"A strenuous day hike to the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. Special Attractions: views, maples. Permit required for camping."

Emory Peak Reviews

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10/4/2016
A very challenging 1.5 mile climb to the peak but we'll worth it. From Trail head to peak is actually 5.3 miles with about 2400 feet of elevation gain. Bring lots of water and wear comfortable footwear!
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11/9/2013
Great trail but an exhausting hike. The views are definitely worth it but be prepared for a challenge.
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9/23/2011
Fantastic trail! carry plenty of water on this one. Be prepared to hike. This trail is more difficult than you might expect. Great views with plenty of wildlife.
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11/5/2009
The mile and 1/2 up to the summit of Emory is some of the most challenging hiking I've ever done. Breathless and breathtakingly AWESOME. The rest of the hike was fantastic too... as you climb up it's like going through 4 completely different climates... the fall colors were amazing to see in the desert. And the views were just phenomenal and talk about a sense of accomplishment. It's hard, but it's worth it.
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1/10/2009
The emory peak trail is actually a 1.5 mile side trail. Challenging especially the last 1/2 mile or so up. The view is pretty good(radio antennas are minimal) although if you have limited capability you might skip this trail and just go straight to the better view off the south rim
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1/5/2007
You cannot give less than 5 stars to such a beatiful mountain. On this date in winter I saw hardly anyone on the south rim but it seemed there were 20 people at the top of Emory's summit magnet. This detracted from the beauty of the twin peaked top only slightly, as most were not going up the taller one due to its more challenging (but not too challenging) scramble. What is more annoying is the clutter of communications towers and solar panels at the top. However, the top should not be missed. On this date on the trail up there was old ice and 2 day old snow to deal with that made it a lot more dicey than I am sure it is normally.
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12/30/2006
I just got back from a New Year's trip to Big Bend and hiked the Emory Peak trail on Dec. 30, 2006 with my 10 year old son, 66 old father, and 64 year old father-in-law. It's a moderate (some may call it more difficult) day hike from the basin area, with about 2500 feet of elevation gain. There is steep bouldering at the top, at least the way we went. We hiked it in the snow, which made it very beautiful, but made the descent a little difficult due to the ice and slick conditions coming down. Over all I would recommend this hike to anyone visiting the park. It's probably one of the best views and hikes in the park. My opinion overall is that Big Bend is the most under-rated national park in the lower 48, and I've been to almost all of them at least once. There are many views from this trail that will remind you of Zion in Utah or maybe even a mountainous Grand Canyon. My recomendation would be to do an overnight trip, hike up and camp around the south rim via the basin loop. Take the pinnacles trail down. There are bear boxes where you can drop your pack and do the easy 1.2 mile climb up to the top of Emory Peak. My only other suggestion would be to not go the week after Christmas (the most popular week of the year... very crowded) but to go early in December or late November. I did an overnight backpacking trip around the basin in early December of 1998 and saw no one else. This year (the week after Christmas) it was like Longs Peak in Colorado in July... an ant hill of climbers.
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12/25/2005
This trail is great we did it on xmas day and there was no one on the trail... we say a mountain lion on pinnacles trail near the boulder meadow campsite... the hike is a good challenging day hike... the views are awesome you can see santa elena canyon and about 70 miles into mexico. VERY REWARDING.
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2/20/2005
I traveled the South Rim from Laguna Meadows. Adding this sidetrip was a great experience. The 1.2 mile junt was challenging due to steep grade and many steps. Unfortunately a second radio tower has been added to the primary summit.
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Trail Information

Marathon
Nearby City
9
Distance
2,425 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
All year
Season
Big Bend National Park 915-477-2251
Local Contacts
Big Bend National Park topo map, Big Bend National Park "Trails Illustrated" topo map. The Basin and Emory Peak USGS.
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Oct 2018